5 days in Saudi Arabia & Maldives Itinerary

5 days in Saudi Arabia & Maldives Itinerary

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5 days in Saudi Arabia & Maldives Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
4
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 1 day
Travel:  3​h
5
Male, Maldives
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh ©
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
On the 1st (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Al Faisaliyah Centre, then contemplate the long history of Masmak Fortress, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kingdom Centre Tower.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Riyadh tour planner .

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major airport is King Khaled International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Riyadh are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Medina.

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National Museum ©
National Museum
Kingdom Centre Tower ©
Kingdom Centre Tower
Masmak Fortress ©
Masmak Fortress

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Medina, Saudi Arabia

Medina ©
Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll the grounds of Jannatul Baqi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Quba, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Al Qiblatayn.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Medina trip planner .

Fly from Riyadh to Medina in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Medina are 49°C, while nighttime lows are 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Jeddah.

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Al Masjid an Nabawi ©
Al Masjid an Nabawi
Masjid Quba ©
Masjid Quba
Masjid Al Qiblatayn ©
Masjid Al Qiblatayn

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah ©
The commercial and entertainment capital of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah offers a dazzling range of sites and activities combined with mouthwatering cuisine.
On the 3rd (Tue), take a stroll through Al-Balad, make a trip to World's Tallest Unsupported Flagpole, then ponder the design of King Fahd's Fountain, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Red Sea Mall.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Jeddah trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Medina to Jeddah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Medina in September: highs in Jeddah hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Maafushi Island.

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King Fahd's Fountain ©
King Fahd's Fountain
Al-Balad ©
Al-Balad
Red Sea Mall ©
Red Sea Mall

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Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stop by Angolo Souvenir shop and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Maafushi Island attractions planner.

Getting from Jeddah to Maafushi Island by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Maldives Time (MVT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Jeddah in September, things will get little chillier in Maafushi Island: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Male.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

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Scuba & Snorkeling

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Male, Maldives

The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
On the 5th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, stroll around Sultan Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Male road trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Maafushi Island to Male. In September, daily temperatures in Male can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) ©

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